THE MIDDLE EAST: NOT-SO-SUBTLE SIGNS THAT ARAFAT MAY BE AILING

NOT-SO-SUBTLE SIGNS THAT ARAFAT MAY BE AILING

Did he or didn't he--faint, that is? That was the question surrounding YASSER ARAFAT last week after an Egyptian official leaked word that the Palestinian leader had passed out during a contretemps with the Foreign Minister of Qatar while in Cairo. Arafat's office says no, but a Palestinian official, speaking to TIME, confirmed the blackout, saying Arafat's lips turned blue and his eyes rolled into the back of his head before a doctor came to revive him. The collapse occurred as Arafat tried to convince HAMAD BIN JASSIM that Qatar should cancel a Middle East economic conference to protest the paralysis...

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